Trying for a Baby : We Want to Be Parents Preparing for pregnancy (part 2) - Preconception diet, Signs of ovulation & Stopping contraception Ready for conception

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Preconception diet

A varied, balanced diet is key to good reproductive health. Certain foods in particular contain essential vitamins and minerals that are thought to benefit eggs and sperm and the health of the future embryo. These include foods rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E, folic acid, calcium, omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, zinc, and selenium.

Dark green leafy vegetables contain minerals and vitamins.

Legumes are a source of folic acid.

Fish contains essential fatty acids.

Eggs provide zinc, which boosts sperm production.

Signs of ovulation

Ovulation occurs when an egg, or ovum, is released from the ovary. To become pregnant, sperm must meet and fertilize an egg and the resulting embryo must implant in the uterine wall. There are signs to look for that indicate ovulation:

A change in your basal body temperature can indicate ovulation. Just after ovulation, your temperature rises between 0.5 and 1.6° F (0.3 and 0.9° C).

  • A change in cervical mucus from being sparse or thick and opaque to being clear, jellylike, and stringy.

  • A rise in your temperature.

  • Mid-cycle or ovulatory bleeding thought to result from the sudden drop in estrogen that occurs at ovulation.

  • Localized pain.

  • Swelling of the vulva before ovulation, especially on the side that you ovulate.

Stopping contraception Ready for conception

When to stop contraception before conceiving is fairly straightforward, although for some methods a degree of planning is required.

  • Barrier methods, such as the diaphragm and condom, can be stopped immediately once you decide to start trying.

  • If you have an IUD, you will need to make an appointment to have it removed; you can start trying right away after this.

  • If you are on oral contraception, finish the package before stopping. Your cycle may take time to settle, although some women conceive as soon as they stop.


Preparing your body for a future pregnancy will improve your chances of a healthy outcome for you and your baby


Honestly assessing your lifestyle can motivate you to make the changes necessary for a healthy pregnancy


Prepare mentally by having faith in your ability to conceive and each day visualizing your forthcoming pregnancy

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